18 May 2017

Skansen (open-air museum) in Kłóbka

Skansen in Kłóbka is an open-air museum located in the cen­tre of Poland, 6km from motorway A1 junction near the trunk road 91 (80km north from Lodz and 25km south from Wloclawek). It's a branch of the Museum of the Kuyavian and Dobrzyń Lands in Włocławek opened in 1993. It's called “The Pearl of Kujawy” due to its location among hills, forests and lakes. In this charming landscape situates an open-air museum with over a dozen objects of rural architecture, the oldest of which come from the 18th century.

The open-air museum is located on both sides of the Lubieńki river valley and consists of the former village and park and manor complex that once belonged to the Orpiszewski family. The manor house from the middle of the 19th century was where Maria Wodzinska lived. She was the only official fiancée of Fryderyk Chopin. The climate of old residence is captured in the interior of the manor house as well as life and work of Maria Wodzinska.

The Skansen in Kłóbka covers an area of ​​13 ha, on which 18 objects of folk architecture have been gathered, gathered in two sectors: Kujawsko Land (two farms) and Dobrzyń Land (one farm). Wooden buildings with interior furnishings, traditional objects and tools show the daily life of peasant families from the late 18th century to the 1930s. An exhibition of old interiors and a biographical and artistic exhibition of Maria Orpiszewska née Wodziński, Frederic Chopin's fiancée, outside. A historical and natural education path in the historic park.

Except three farmhouses consisting of cottages, barns, pigsties, stables and granaries there are also old craft workshops reconstructed in the museum – forge, oil mill with pottery and windmill. In the centre of an open-air museum there is an old inn, school building and fire station. Various kinds of fences, wells, hives, dugouts and road­side shrines are complements of the landscape. An unique atmosphere is created by the yards with traditional varie­ties of flowers and also by farmlands and orchards among which live domestic and farm animals.

Additional attractions of the open-air museum are an­nual: the last Sunday of June, the first Sunday of Au­gust and the second Sunday of September folk festivals ‘The life of the old village’. The traditional workshops and already forgotten activities come back to life. To the rhythm of folk music, regional dances are shown. The main attractions of festivals are thematic perform­ances that illustrate old customs and solemnities.

1. Carport for agricultural machinery
2. Pottery
3. Zagroda Kujawska
4. Chapel with St. Antonym
5. Homestead Kujawska from Zalesie
6. Forge from Chełmiec
7. Windmill from Zaduszniki
8. School
9. Tavern from Wielki Pulkovo
10. Dobrzyn farm
11. A chapel with the Virgin of Skępe
12. Fire station
24. Church from Brzeźno

13. The Orpiszewski Manor
14. "Lipa Maria"
15. Świerki Ludwik Orpiszewski
16. Hornbeam alley of "Grandma's Little"
17. Orchard of native fruit trees
18. Ash Avenue of "Grandma's Big"
19. Lookout under purple beech
20. Circle of chestnuts "Green office"
21. Insurgent's oak
22. Ash and alder forest
23. Alder alley

F42G+55 Kłóbka, Poland

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